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Navigate

This step encourages short- and long-loop monitoring, evaluation, and learning to achieve impact at scale.

Concepts

Ongoing reflection and learning ensure that scaling strategies achieve impact

The implementation and monitoring of the agreed-upon activities start. The team periodically reflects on the implementation of the scaling action plan and updates that plan if needed to reach the desired scaling objective (short-loop learning). Once the scaling bottleneck(s) are sufficiently addressed, a second round of Scaling Readiness can be initiated (long-loop learning). It is important to keep an eye out for emerging windows of opportunity with high potential to achieve the scaling of innovation.

Short-loop monitoring, evaluation, and learning

The monitoring involved in the effective implementation of the scaling action plan is referred to as short-loop learning. This learning focuses on the day-to-day fine-tuning, planning, and execution of activities as defined in the scaling action plan. It is important to ensure that team members and stakeholders articulate, share, and discuss their experiences and reflections on a regular basis and update scaling action plans if needed.

Long-loop monitoring, evaluation, and learning

Long-term feedback loops form part of the systematic and periodical monitoring of changes in innovation systems’ characteristics (Step 1) and diagnosis of innovation readiness and innovation use (Step 2) in consecutive cycles of Scaling Readiness. This constitutes the monitoring of whether the scaling strategy had the desired effect on the Scaling Readiness of the innovation package and the identification of new bottlenecks.

Windows of opportunity

In any situation, there may be unforeseen opportunities to influence scaling positively in response to emerging trends and/or pressures. Such windows of opportunity are often short-lived and ‘filled’ with competing innovation or scaling initiatives by others, making it all the more important to recognize them. Awareness of trends can be supported by many sources of information. It is therefore important to continuously scan emerging ways of talking and thinking, and translate these toward the scaling ambition and strategy; this process requires creativity and associative thinking.

Practices

Navigating scaling strategies and scaling action plans is a prerequisite for having impact

Step 5 Objectives

Step 5 achieves the following 2 objectives:

  • Objective 5.1: To support, monitor, and navigate the effective implementation of the scaling strategies and the scaling action plans in the different intervention locations.
  • Objective 5.2: To monitor changes in the overall Scaling Readiness of the innovation package as a result of the implementation of the scaling strategy and the scaling action plans.

If the project team decides to enter into a next cycle of Scaling Readiness to identify new scaling bottlenecks, the user proceeds to Step 1.

Implementation

The implementation of Step 5 is facilitated through 2 activities and 3 sub-activities

  • Objective 5.1: To support, monitor and navigate the effective implementation of the scaling strategies and the scaling action plans in the different intervention locations.
    • Activity 5.1: Short-loop monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
      • Sub-activity 5.1.1: Support and monitor the implementation of the scaling action plans by working groups.
  • Objective 5.2: To monitor changes in the overall Scaling Readiness of the innovation package as a result of the implementation of the scaling strategy and the scaling action plans.
    • Activity 5.2: Long-loop monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
      • Sub-activity 5.2.1: Decide on strategic reiteration of Scaling Readiness steps.
      • Sub-activity 5.2.2: Develop and agree upon a plan of work and a budget for the strategic reiteration of Scaling Readiness steps.
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